From 2020, competitions administered by Pipe Bands Queensland (Warwick, Redlands, BBC, and Yandina) will adhere to a new scoring system, which has been used by highland dancing competitions for many years.

This new approach rewards excellence. There will be only three judges in each circle – piping, drumming, and ensemble (dress will still be judged, but will not contribute to points).

The new system is based on placings from 1–6 (no points for any placing lower than 6), however it now applies a wider range of points for different placings, meaning for example that if you were to receive two firsts and no placing from three judges, you would still beat someone who received three seconds.

Pipe Bands Queensland scoring matrix – for 2020 competitions

Selection of judges

For 2020 competitions, Pipe Bands Queensland has agreed to invite some prominent, high-level players that aren’t qualified in the Pipe Bands Australia system as judges.

Pipe Bands Australia’s rules allow for the use of people without Advance Certificates, so this operates within the national rules for competitions.

This will offer several benefits to promoters and bands – it will reduce the cost of competitions for promoters, and increase the variety of feedback provided to bands to assist them with continuous musical improvement.

The Queensland State Championships (to be held during The Gathering in 2020) will only use PBA Qualified Judges.

For a full list of Rules that apply to competitions administered by Pipe Bands Queensland, visit our Rules page.